Aerial shot of a river basin with many tributaries flowing through green savanna.

Zimbabwe

At a Glance

The Southern Africa Regional Mission serves Angola, Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Seychelles, and Zimbabwe.

USAID Southern Africa Regional supports an improved and resilient quality of life for Southern Africans. We are particularly concerned with improving regional decision-making and collective action to improve management of resources and promote renewable energy. USAID’s climate change programming, through strong collaboration, aims to help countries cooperate and plan together to better prepare for these scenarios in priority sectors by supporting the climate change priorities and needs of the region, including a better enabling environment for investment in clean energy. As negative climate impacts are likely to center on water issues, efforts focus on adaptive management strategies within priority river basins most vulnerable to climate change. We support the integration of climate, water supply and sanitation, and biodiversity resources to ensure adequate water resource planning and management is taking place.

    Climate Projections and Impacts

    Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2019) for more information.

    Climate Projections

    Drought icon

    Increased Drought Frequency

    Increased Frequency/Intensity of Extreme Weather Events

    Increased Precipitation Unpredictability/Variability

    Sea Level Rise

    Key Climate Impact Areas

    Agriculture

    Livestock

    Forestry

    Human Health

    Water Resources

    Funding and Key Indicators

    Refer to metadata and sources for more details.


    USAID Climate Change Funding (2020)

    Total

    $2 Million

    Adaptation

    $2 Million

    GAIN Vulnerability

    Medium

    Population (2020)

    14.5 Million

    GHG Emissions Growth

    -0.60%

    % Forested Area

    35.50

    Climate Change Information

    Zimbabwe Photo Gallery

    Stories from the Area

    The United States and the world face a profound climate crisis. Climate change is not just a looming existential threat, it is currently threatening development progress and exacerbating global inequities; increasing humanitarian needs, food and water insecurity, and displacement; and contributing to conflict.
    The current global pandemic from COVID-19 is a potent, pressing example of why the international community must focus more on preparedness and risk analysis for a multitude of disasters. Disasters, from floods to droughts to heightened risks of conflict, are increasing in frequency and intensity due to climate change, environmental degradation, and social tensions.
    Over the past 13 years, I have had the opportunity to work with the poorest communities across Zimbabwe. I have seen families struggling to adapt to the changing climate, as their livelihoods mainly depend on limited and dwindling natural resources. However, through asset creation, I have also seen incredible strength, resilience, and community dedication to improving communal resources and food security.